Goryokaku Cherry Blossoms – a Perfect Sakura Spot in Hakodate, Hokkaido




When you think of Japanese culture, one of the main highlights would definitely be the blooming cherry flowers in spring. Goryokaku Cherry Blossoms are one of the best in northern Japan. Because there are so many spots to see the beautiful view, you might be wondering which one to go to. In this article, I am going to introduce one of the best spots to see the Japanese cherry blossoms in Hakodate, Hokkaido.


Goryokaku, is a place where a Japanese castle was built by the Edo Shogunate in the Edo period in Hakodate, Hokkaido prefecture. Today the ruins of the castle remain and the place is known as the “Goryokaku Park”. The most significant characteristic of this place is the star-shaped surroundings of the castle, which was aimed to keep enemies away. Today the place is famous as one of the best spots to see cherry blossoms as you can see the star-shaped park colored completely in pink. Goryokaku Cherry Blossoms are exceptionally beautiful and this place is something you shouldn’t miss when you are in Hokkaido. 

Things to Do and See

Every year, throughout the end of April to the beginning of May, the whole park gets covered in pink with 1600 blooming cherry trees. The view is so magical and breathtaking, just walking through the park will give you a wonderful time. You can also climb the Goryokaku tower right next to the park, to see the view from above, which looks like a pink star with the blossoms.

When you get hungry, I would recommend the Japanese style mutton barbeque – “Genghis Khan”, which you can find in some parts of the park. What more is there to enjoy than good food with a magnificent view?

After a nice day with cherry blossoms, why not come again at night for a little night walk? The park gets lit up at night, creating a completely different but wondrous atmosphere.

Details and Access

Dates (blooming season): end of April – beginning of May annually. Please check the official website to get updated information.

Place: Goryōkaku fort

Address: 44 Goryokakucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido

Official website: https://www.goryokaku-tower.co.jp/en/sakura/


The park is about 15 minutes walk from Goryokaku Kouen Mae Station and from the bus Goryokaku station is also about 15 minutes walk. Both stations are about 15 minutes from Hakodate Station. The park itself is open 24 hours.

Other things to do in Hakodate

There are more things to see other than seeing the cherry blossoms in Hakodate. Here are some recommendations.

-Hakodate Mountain

Hakodate mountain is a mountain in the western Hakodate The night view is beautiful from the top. You can take the cable car and enjoy a fancy dinner at the top. It is one of the best night views in Japan!

-Bay Area

The Bay area is a shopping area featuring many warehouses from the Meiji period. There, you can enjoy the seafood from Hokkaido and a special beer from Hakodate – “Hakodate beer”.

Closing Remarks

Hokkaido is famous for its vast lands, beautiful nature, and its delicious seafood. I would definitely recommend Goryokaku as a spot to see cherry blossoms, and as a spot to enjoy Japanese culture with good food and atmosphere.
Take your family, friends, anybody you would like to enjoy the great view of Hakodate.

If you would like to see Goryokaku Cherry Blossoms and explore Hokkaido with a friendly local guide, please check the banner below!

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Hokkaido is the most northern island in Japan and is a great place to visit as it boasts plenty of tourist attractions and outstanding food. If you would like to see rural Japan, Hokkaido gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of snowy mountains and admire authentic traditional northern Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Hokkaido throughout the year, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!

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Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. It will be a miss if you don’t visit Osaka to see cherry blossoms when you are in the Kansai area in spring. Please check the following article to find out the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka and Kansai!

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Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

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Ryusei Yuasa

Hi I’m Ryusei. I’m a university student, and love to play sports, listening to music, and communicating with people.

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